So, you want to learn Chinese in 5 minutes?
Is it possible? Can you learn the whole Chinese language? No.
But, yes, you can learn Chinese in 5 minutes a day — and start your Chinese learning journey like that. In fact, it’s smart to do that. You listen to an audio lesson for 5 minutes today. You get used to it. You repeat tomorrow and for the next year. And suddenly, learning Chinese isn’t so bad…
…it’s now easy! Because you’ve gotten used to it!
Because, you started learning a little bit a day.
Suddenly you’re speaking and understanding a whole lot of Chinese! Suddenly, you are fluent.
So, here’s how you learn Chinese in 5 minutes a day.
1. 5-Minute Chinese Audio Lessons
- Time required: 3-5 minutes a day
Why audio lessons? Audio is a simple and easy way to consume anything — songs, audiobooks, lectures, and of course, language. You just press play and listen… without doing much work of your own.
How would it work?
Well, you press play. You hear a Chinese conversation. Then, the teachers explain all the words… and you’re done. You know a basic Chinese conversation and all the words and grammar rules inside. Best of all, you get to hear REAL Chinese pronunciation.
Audio is one of the best ways to learn Chinese in just 5 minutes a day… and get started with your Chinese learning journey. You can listen while walking, driving, at the store… and anywhere where you can’t easily pull out a textbook.
So, where can you find audio lessons?
Here are some examples of quick and easy lessons from ChineseClass101.com – a Chinese learning program.
- 3-Minute Chinese – How to Introduce Yourself
- 3-Minute Chinese – Greetings
How to get these Lessons:
- Click here to visit ChineseClass101.com
- Sign up for a free lifetime account
- Take their lessons & done
2. Get the Chinese Word of the Day
- Time required: 1 minute a day
Want to learn a little bit of Chinese every day… without overwhelming yourself?
Start with the word of the day.
The way it works is… you get an email with a new word every day. You check it. You listen to the pronunciation. You read the meaning. And done.
Obviously, this won’t teach you the whole language… but this is a great tool to start building your learning routine and learn a little every day. And later on, you’ll learn more and spend more time learning.
Anyway, it’s good for anyone who wants to supplement their learning, boost their vocabulary, and build a learning routine.
Where to get the Word of the Day:
- Click here to visit the Chinese Word of the Day
- Sign up for the Chinese free word of the day emails.
You’ll get daily emails once you sign up.
3. Get Chinese PDF Lessons & eBooks
- Time required: 5 minutes
What are PDFs? Well, PDF files can be used for all kinds of things: documents, important letters, but…
But, think of PDFs as little books for your phone or device.
There are plenty of PDFs online that are lists of Chinese words, phrases, actual lessons… and even actual books in PDF form.
And if you’re on the train or are waiting somewhere you can open one up and review Chinese words and phrases. With the free list below, you get 30+ PDFs for all kinds of conversation topics: family, love, food, work, school, giving directions, and so on.
Where can you get some?
- You can get 30+ PDF Chinese conversation cheat sheets here.
- Here’s another site with some free Chinese PDF lessons.
4. The Daily Dose of Language App
- Time required: 1-3 minutes a day
What’s this app?
Well, it sends you a “daily dose” of Chinese…. every day.
So, every day, you get a reminder to check your new lesson. And these lessons are quick and cover anything from Chinese slang and cultural insights, to words and phrases. It’s random.
But, if you like that randomness, it’s a nice 5-minute supplementary tool. Though, I think it’d take you less than 5 minutes to learn Chinese with this.
How do you get it?
5. Learn Chinese with Duolingo
- Time required: 5 minutes a day
Speaking of apps, here’s another one.
Duolingo is another interesting, supplementary study tool.
It’s mostly matching games and fill-in-the-blank quizzes.
You won’t learn to speak fluidly with it. It’s not a complete program. It’s kind of like Daily Dose.
You will learn words and that’s good enough… if you’re learning Chinese for 5 minutes a day. The selling point is that it get you hooked on learning. In my opinion, if anything helps you learn Chinese and stick with it – whether an app, a book or audio lessons – then that’s a good resource. Duolingo may do that for you too.
How do you get it?
- Click Here
- Choose Android or iOS
- Download the App (it’s free) and you’re done
6. Learn Chinese with Video Lessons
- Time required: 5 minutes a day
Video, like Audio, is an easy way to learn.
You just press play and watch and listen to Chinese. Now, what you need are the 5 minute lessons.
I want to suggest YouTube here but I won’t. Why?
Are you low on time? Do you want 5-minute learning resources? And do you honest-to-god want to learn Chinese? If you answered yes, YouTube is a bad fit.
See, that’s because YouTube primarily entertainment and will distract you into watching other things. YouTube makes a lot of money keeping you jumping from video to video. Even if you think you will only use it for Chinese… their algorithm still will work against you. Long story short: it’s bad for focus. Yes, you’ll have fun but you’ll waste your time and not learn anything.
Instead, I’ll suggest these video lessons. Just click on the images below.
Introduction to Chinese Video Lessons
Learn Chinese in 3 Minutes Video Lessons
Conclusion. Back to You.
That is it for now!
Now you know some fun and easy ways to learn Chinese in 5 minutes.
Why should you try and learn Chinese in 5 minutes a day?
Because it is easy to do!
Do you know why that is so IMPORTANT for SUCCESS?
Simple. Things that are easy to do, are easy to continue… and finish! If you can learn some Chinese today, tomorrow and 4 weeks down the line without problem, you’re on your way to fluency.
But, if you choose a Chinese textbook, which ends up being hard, you won’t continue.
So, starting easy sets you up for long term success.
At some point, you’ll think that 5 minutes is not enough. Which is good! At some point, you’ll feel you’re ready for 10 minutes. And so, you’ll add more time just like someone at the gym will add more weight because they’re ready to do more.
And that is how you’ll master Chinese.
– Written by the Main Junkie